Secondhand Smoke

Secondhand smoke is especially dangerous for babies and children because their lungs are still developing. Children also breathe faster causing them to take in more chemicals from the air.

Health Consequences Causally Linked to Exposure from Secondhand Smoke 

Health Consequences Causally Linked to Exposure from Secondhand Smoke. Children: middle ear disease, respiratory symptoms, impaired lung function, lower respiratory illness, sudden infant death syndrome. Adults: stroke, nasal irritation, lung cancer, coronary heart disease, reproductive effects in women include low birthweight.

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Secondhand Smoke and Children

Secondhand smoke is especially dangerous for babies and children because their lungs are still developing. Children also breathe faster causing them to take in more chemicals from the air.

Increased health risks for babies and children from second-hand smoke include:

Visit the Canadian Cancer Society – Live Smoke-Free  for tips to avoid or reduce exposure to secondhand smoke.

In Manitoba, the Non-Smokers Health Protection Act protects your right to smoke-free air. To learn more about the laws on smoke-free places, please visit the Laws and Enforcement page.